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Angelina Jolie Further Discusses Her New Netflix Movie in New Interview

Angelina Jolie Further Discusses Her New Netflix Movie in New Interview

Angelina Jolie Pitt is further opening up about her new film project First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, which will debut on Netflix.

“As Maddox and I prepare the film we will be side by side learning about his country. He is turning 14 next week and this is a very important time for him to understand who he is. He is my son but he is also a son of Cambodia. This is the time for our family to understand all that that means to him and to us. My desire to tell this story in the most truthful and accurate way possible will be my tribute to the strength and dignity of all Cambodian people,” the 40-year-old actress and director wrote to the AP during an email interview. Maddox will be involved in the production of the film.

Maddox will be on set every day after school and involved behind the scenes. And yes, Maddox is already involved in the Foundation and will take over my role when he is older,” Angelina added. “The intent of this project is not to revisit the horrors of the war but to bring to the screen characters that people around the world will empathize with, and to help other people to learn about Cambodia. What is special about this particular story is that it is told from the perspective of a 5-year-old child, and is based on a child’s emotional experience of war. It sheds light not only on the experience of children during the genocide in Cambodia but of all children who endure war.”

The movie is set to hit Netflix in late 2016.

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  • JPFamily

    Thanks Jared – Angelina’s words on Maddox and Cambodia are so beautiful and moving.
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/3a5349b41c3c4cb596eb56d7e8cad179/angelina-jolie-film-paying-tribute-land-her-son-maddox
    Angelina Jolie film paying tribute to land of her son Maddox
    Associated Press By SOPHENG CHEANG 12 minutes ago

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia helped Angelina Jolie become a film superstar and start a family. To tell the stories of people in the country that touched her, she is directing a Netflix film on location based on a memoir of the country’s 1970s holocaust under the communist Khmer Rouge, blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people.

    And her Cambodian-born son Maddox will help with research and preparation for the film, Jolie said Tuesday in an email interview with The Associated Press.

    Jolie’s 2001 hit, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” was filmed partly at Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat temple complex, and in 2002 she adopted 7-month-old Maddox from an orphanage in western Cambodia.

    Determined to give something back, she launched a foundation in Cambodia 12 years ago to promote community development alongside conservation.

    This past weekend she visited some of the projects of the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which focuses on programs “to help local families overcome problems associated with poverty in the region and to help preserve the remarkable habitat and wildlife for future generations,” she said.

    She’s slated to begin filming in November on the Netflix project, an adaptation of “First they Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” author Loung Ung’s memoir of her childhood during the Khmer Rouge regime. Jolie recently directed the Louis Zamperini biopic “Unbroken” and is in post-production on the drama “By the Sea,” in which she also acts alongside her husband, Brad Pitt.

    During her visit to Cambodia this week, Jolie agreed to answer a few emailed questions from The Associated Press. Here is an edited version of the exchange:

    — AP: Do you feel a political/social responsibility to tell the stories of Cambodia, since Maddox is from there?

    — Jolie: I feel a deep connection to Cambodia. I want to respect its history and bring a film to the world that will not only show the hardships of war but the dignity and resilience of a people I deeply respect.

    As Maddox and I prepare the film we will be side by side learning about his country. He is turning 14 next week and this is a very important time for him to understand who he is. He is my son but he is also a son of Cambodia. This is the time for our family to understand all that that means to him and to us. My desire to tell this story in the most truthful and accurate way possible will be my tribute to the strength and dignity of all Cambodian people.

    — AP: There are so many gruesome stories of people who lived through the horror of Khmer Rouge. What about this particular story do you feel needs to be told on the big screen?

    — Jolie: The intent of this project is not to revisit the horrors of the war but to bring to the screen characters that people around the world will empathize with, and to help other people to learn about Cambodia.

    What is special about this particular story is that it is told from the perspective of a 5-year-old child, and is based on a child’s emotional experience of war. It sheds light not only on the experience of children during the genocide in Cambodia but of all children who endure war.

    — AP: Will Maddox be involved with the film/production?

    — Jolie: Maddox will be on set every day after school and involved behind the scenes. And yes, Maddox is already involved in the Foundation and will take over my role when he is older.
    ___

    Jolie was in the capital Phnom Penh on Tuesday doing research at the Bophana Center, an audiovisual archive co-founded by Rithy Pan, an acclaimed Cambodian documentary filmmaker whose work has focused on the tragedy of the Khmer Rouge, and who will help with the Netflix project, which will be done in the Khmer language.

    “We will be spending the next few months scouting for locations, casting the film, but most importantly researching every event to make sure it is historically accurate and will pay respect not only to Loung Ung and her family but to every single individual who suffered under the Khmer Rouge,” Jolie said a speech at the center, which distributed the text.

    “The book is a guide to one young girl’s story, and we will complete the story drawing on the experiences of other and adding them to the film. Through her story we will be telling many stories, so that the film is not just based on the memory of one child but on the collective memory of the people of Cambodia.”
    ___

  • wika

    Thanks for this thread. The DGA article was also a good article to put up actually. Or her statement she released at Bophana Center. LOL, I’m greedy.

  • Bumble

    Maddox will do his parents & Cambodia proud.

  • Bumble

    Aniston & her HENS The Ring are having a MELTDOWN, just IGNORE!

  • bap

    I have enjoyed reading this article.

  • Lily

    Both Brad and Angie are doing pre productions for their movies, they will be back to LA for Maddox’s birthday. He is 14. Time flies.

  • wika

    I’m really just waiting for the 4 weeks after war machine ends. Promos for BTS!!!

    Also, damn HOW is he 14 again…

  • JPFamily
  • forest4trees

    What a fantastic Mother she is!

  • Bumble

    Angelina & Brad keep on doing great work.

  • Bumble

    LOL I love a good meltdown by JENHENS seems like Brad & Angelina are hitting the right spot LOL.

  • Theful.

    This is a truly amazing thought from her. But it’s nothing unexpected coming from her. I really love and admire this person!!

  • wika

    It’s really hurting them isn’t it? Kinda funny how much they’re trying to talk to us. They should talk to each other- one vapid Angelina hater and Brad hater. But, no, we hold a special place in their hearts. All our attention is needed.

    Poor babies… do you need a pat on your head? LOL

  • Bumble

    OT has anyone seen this how gaunt Liam looks and the non hair colour as well, glad to hear his publicist refuted news about his health.
    Frail action hero Liam Neeson, 63, looks unrecognizable on New York stroll but assures fans he’s ‘never been healthier’
    By Rebecca Davison for MailOnline
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3176551/Liam-Neeson-63-cuts-gaunt-figure-takes-low-key-stroll-New-York.html#ixzz3hCzrMiqm
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  • Bumble

    Angelina Jolie film paying tribute to land of her son Maddox
    .
    HNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia helped Angelina Jolie become a film superstar and start a family. To tell the stories of people in the country that touched her, she is directing a Netflix film on location based on a memoir of the country’s 1970s holocaust under the communist Khmer Rouge, blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people.
    And her Cambodian-born son Maddox will help with research and preparation for the film, Jolie said Tuesday in an email interview with The Associated Press.
    Jolie’s 2001 hit, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” was filmed partly at Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat temple complex, and in 2002 she adopted 7-month-old Maddox from an orphanage in western Cambodia.
    Determined to give something back, she launched a foundation in Cambodia 12 years ago to promote community development alongside conservation.
    This past weekend she visited some of the projects of the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which focuses on programs “to help local families overcome problems associated with poverty in the region and to help preserve the remarkable habitat and wildlife for future generations,” she said.
    She’s slated to begin filming in November on the Netflix project, an adaptation of “First they Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” author Loung Ung’s memoir of her childhood during the Khmer Rouge regime. Jolie recently directed the Louis Zamperini biopic “Unbroken” and is in post-production on the drama “By the Sea,” in which she also acts alongside her husband, Brad Pitt.
    During her visit to Cambodia this week, Jolie agreed to answer a few emailed questions from The Associated Press. Here is an edited version of the exchange:
    — AP: Do you feel a political/social responsibility to tell the stories of Cambodia, since Maddox is from there?
    — Jolie: I feel a deep connection to Cambodia. I want to respect its history and bring a film to the world that will not only show the hardships of war but the dignity and resilience of a people I deeply respect.
    As Maddox and I prepare the film we will be side by side learning about his country. He is turning 14 next week and this is a very important time for him to understand who he is. He is my son but he is also a son of Cambodia. This is the time for our family to understand all that that means to him and to us. My desire to tell this story in the most truthful and accurate way possible will be my tribute to the strength and dignity of all Cambodian people.
    — AP: There are so many gruesome stories of people who lived through the horror of Khmer Rouge. What about this particular story do you feel needs to be told on the big screen?
    — Jolie: The intent of this project is not to revisit the horrors of the war but to bring to the screen characters that people around the world will empathize with, and to help other people to learn about Cambodia.
    What is special about this particular story is that it is told from the perspective of a 5-year-old child, and is based on a child’s emotional experience of war. It sheds light not only on the experience of children during the genocide in Cambodia but of all children who endure war.
    — AP: Will Maddox be involved with the film/production?
    — Jolie: Maddox will be on set every day after school and involved behind the scenes. And yes, Maddox is already involved in the Foundation and will take over my role when he is older.

    Jolie was in the capital Phnom Penh on Tuesday doing research at the Bophana Center, an audiovisual archive co-founded by Rithy Pan, an acclaimed Cambodian documentary filmmaker whose work has focused on the tragedy of the Khmer Rouge, and who will help with the Netflix project, which will be done in the Khmer language.
    “We will be spending the next few months scouting for locations, casting the film, but most importantly researching every event to make sure it is historically accurate and will pay respect not only to Loung Ung and her family but to every single individual who suffered under the Khmer Rouge,” Jolie said a speech at the center, which distributed the text.
    “The book is a guide to one young girl’s story, and we will complete the story drawing on the experiences of other and adding them to the film. Through her story we will be telling many stories, so that the film is not just based on the memory of one child but on the collective memory of the people of Cambodia.”
    And her Cambodian-born son Maddox will help with research and preparation for the film, Jolie said Tuesday in an email interview with The Associated Press.
    Jolie’s 2001 hit, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” was filmed partly at Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat temple complex, and in 2002 she adopted 7-month-old Maddox from an orphanage in western Cambodia.
    Determined to give something back, she launched a foundation in Cambodia 12 years ago to promote community development alongside conservation.
    This past weekend she visited some of the projects of the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which focuses on programs “to help local families overcome problems associated with poverty in the region and to help preserve the remarkable habitat and wildlife for future generations,” she said.
    She’s slated to begin filming in November on the Netflix project, an adaptation of “First they Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” author Loung Ung’s memoir of her childhood during the Khmer Rouge regime. Jolie recently directed the Louis Zamperini biopic “Unbroken” and is in post-production on the drama “By the Sea,” in which she also acts alongside her husband, Brad Pitt.
    During her visit to Cambodia this week, Jolie agreed to answer a few emailed questions from The Associated Press. Here is an edited version of the exchange:
    — AP: Do you feel a political/social responsibility to tell the stories of Cambodia, since Maddox is from there?
    — Jolie: I feel a deep connection to Cambodia. I want to respect its history and bring a film to the world that will not only show the hardships of war but the dignity and resilience of a people I deeply respect.
    As Maddox and I prepare the film we will be side by side learning about his country. He is turning 14 next week and this is a very important time for him to understand who he is. He is my son but he is also a son of Cambodia. This is the time for our family to understand all that that means to him and to us. My desire to tell this story in the most truthful and accurate way possible will be my tribute to the strength and dignity of all Cambodian people.
    — AP: There are so many gruesome stories of people who lived through the horror of Khmer Rouge. What about this particular story do you feel needs to be told on the big screen?
    — Jolie: The intent of this project is not to revisit the horrors of the war but to bring to the screen characters that people around the world will empathize with, and to help other people to learn about Cambodia.
    What is special about this particular story is that it is told from the perspective of a 5-year-old child, and is based on a child’s emotional experience of war. It sheds light not only on the experience of children during the genocide in Cambodia but of all children who endure war.
    — AP: Will Maddox be involved with the film/production?
    — Jolie: Maddox will be on set every day after school and involved behind the scenes. And yes, Maddox is already involved in the Foundation and will take over my role when he is older.

    Jolie was in the capital Phnom Penh on Tuesday doing research at the Bophana Center, an audiovisual archive co-founded by Rithy Pan, an acclaimed Cambodian documentary filmmaker whose work has focused on the tragedy of the Khmer Rouge, and who will help with the Netflix project, which will be done in the Khmer language.
    “We will be spending the next few months scouting for locations, casting the film, but most importantly researching every event to make sure it is historically accurate and will pay respect not only to Loung Ung and her family but to every single individual who suffered under the Khmer Rouge,” Jolie said a speech at the center, which distributed the text.
    “The book is a guide to one young girl’s story, and we will complete the story drawing on the experiences of other and adding them to the film. Through her story we will be telling many stories, so that the film is not just based on the memory of one child but on the collective memory of the people of Cambodia.”
    http://www.macon.com/2015/07/28/3862537/angelina-jolie-film-paying-tribute.html

  • toastie postie

    Reposting video – Angel – Jack Johnson – so apt for Angelina and Brad

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILmnmNwhAr0

    Plus Busted’s post of the lyrics

    JACK JOHNSON LYRICS
    “Angel”

    I’ve got an angel
    She doesn’t wear any wings
    She wears a heart that can melt my own
    She wears a smile that can make me wanna sing
    She gives me presents
    With her presence alone
    She gives me everything I could wish for
    She gives me kisses on the lips just for coming home

    She could make angels
    I’ve seen it with my own eyes
    You gotta be careful when you’ve got good love
    Cause the angels will just keep on multiplying

    But you’re so busy changing the world
    Just one smile can change all of mine
    We share the same soul
    Oh oh oh oh oh ohhh
    We Share the same soul
    Oh oh oh oh oh ohhh
    We Share the same soul
    Oh oh oh oh oh ohhh
    Oh oh oh oh oh ohhh
    Umm umm umm uhhhhhhmm 😍

  • wika

    For some reason I can’t play this video :( maybe it’s restricted in my country or something… man this sucks, sounds like a good fanvid!

  • toastie postie

    I hope that he did this for a movie role. But he doesn’t look like himself. Someone on the older thread said he looked 20 years older. I agree.

  • Bumble

    i cant play the video but will check it out thanks toastie & busted.

  • Anon2

    I love Angelina Jolie Pitt, admire her…for she is my idol. I also fear for her because there are those that are greedy war-mongers who don’t want the public to have a conscientious on what war does to people…especially to children. I pray for AJP, her family…those like her that keep speaking the truth, education. promoting peace and healing. Courage, strength and positive thoughts sent to the Jolie Pitt family and all those like her and especially those in need recovering from war or without a home or country.

  • Bumble

    Thats wht i was thinking that hope the weight loss is for a movie, if not, then pray he’s well. He just looks like a shadow of himself.

  • toastie postie

    Our lucky charms. :0)

  • Bumble

    She & Brad are fighters of JUSTICE, and they will keep on fighting the good cause. We admire them and pray for their continuing successes.

  • Ause Ekel

    Beautiful family! Can’t wait to watch this film.

  • Bumble

    LOL the RING under its new alias was having its JEN OSCAR 2014 jajajajaja MELTDOWN LOL.

  • toastie postie

    It’s on yourtube as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – Brad’s song by The Jolie-Pitt’s Sorry

    I’ll try again

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILmnmNwhAr0

  • wika

    It says “the video is not available” for me :/

    Oh wells, thanks toastie, still :)

  • toastie postie

    Sorry. Don’t know why it’s doing that. It’s on youtube as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – Brad’s Song by The Jolie-Pitt’s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILmnmNwhAr0

  • Felinelilly

    Great interview. I have to figure out how to get Netflix so I can watch both Brad’s and Angelina’s upcoming projects.

  • toastie postie

    Not even on youtube? Bummer.

  • Beck

    Love what she said about Maddox learning about his heritage, I think it’s so great and important for him to do that.

  • toastie postie

    Yes. I worry about their safety also. So many haters out there. Plus some over-eager ratzis and fans. :0(

  • toastie postie

    Thanks Bumble. All this is overworking our lucky charms.
    :0)

  • wika

    Tried it on YouTube, finally worked!! Awesome stuff.

    Also, towards the end, the SAG 2012 photo with Brad with his tongue slightly out when he’s looking at Angelina… DAMN

  • toastie postie

    They need to go help the anemic threads of JA. But guess, like Jack says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMzd40i8TfA

  • toastie postie

    Sigh. Indeed.

  • toastie postie

    Bumble, Wika tried it on youtube and was able to see it.

  • wika

    Thanks Toastie- now imma look for the photo at https://youtu.be/ILmnmNwhAr0 1:49 (SAG 2012) if any kind souls were to share here… I never saw that one for some reason…

  • toastie postie

    I second that request. :0)

  • toastie postie

    OT – Not a Tom Cruise fan, but got to hand it to him. He rocked the challenge between himself and Jimmy Fallon – Love the lip-synching battle.

    http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/tom-cruise-does-awesome-lip-sync-battle-with-jimmy-fallon-watch-2015287
    Plus, Tom definitely has a “Dorian Gray” portrait of himself up in the attic or down in the basement. Le0 take note.

  • well

    Not a fan either (only seen Top Gun in a theater- most of his films didn’t interest me & felt creepy about supporting COS). After seeing Going Clear (the HBO doc on COS), I will make SURE I don’t pay to see any of his crap- EXTREMELY creepy.

  • toastie postie

    Yes, he is a strange one. I can’t remember the last movie of his I’ve seen. It’s been years. I think before his divorce from Nicole. But can’t remember what it was.
    My kids and I have a special dislike of Top Gun, only because my husband used to play that movie over and over again. A good way to clear the room of any distractions from watching his movie.

  • JPFamily

    ETA – Not sure if this was on arrival or departure – but since she was in Phnom Penh today and not Siem Reap, I don’t think it’s new:

    Angelina Jolie ‏@AngelinaJP1975 14 mins
    Angelina Jolie Pitt at the Airport in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CLBiV-HUkAALA8L.jpg

  • toastie postie

    Thanks, JPFamily.

  • changeling

    OT – Tom Brady 4-game suspension upheld by NFL

    The statement released by the NFL says that the 37-year-old football pro was evasive in providing the required evidence, including possibly destroying a cell phone that contained 10,000 text message.

    “On or shortly before March 6, the day that Tom Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone,” the statement read.”

  • toastie postie

    Just for that alone, he should be suspended. If innocent, why destroy the phone? It’s amazing that apparently you don’t have to be very smart to win a Superbowl.

  • changeling

    Very obvious he destroyed the evidence. That’s why the decison on the suspension stays.

  • Beck

    I noticed she said she probably won’t really be doing films that don’t have some sort of important message and that’s a little disappointing to me, not gonna lie. I love lighthearted films so much, and even just movies like By The Sea, which aren’t about any big issue, but are just good compelling stories with interesting characters, are often my favorites. I understand her desire to tell stories she’s passionate about though. Can’t begrudge her that.

  • Brian

    She didn’t say she won’t be doing them, she said she probably wont be doing much of them because it’s not what interest her the most.

    “I think By the Sea was the hardest film for me because it wasn’t [issue-driven]. It’s something I probably won’t do very much of.”

    She also said during the Unbroken promotion, speaking about BTS, that it was nice once in while to do a different kind of film.

  • Beck

    I know what she said. I didnt say she’ll ever do a non issue driven film again, just that she’ll only quite rarely be doing them

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